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Want To Go Part-Time? Check Out These 10 High-Paying, Part-Time Gigs

Are you tired of pulling 70-hour weeks at the office? Would you like to drop to 35 hours per week, max?

Have you been out of the workforce for awhile, and you're looking to wade back in part-time? Oh no, where to start.

How about with FlexJobs' brand-new list of ten high-paying, part-time jobs?

FlexJobs, a job search site that specializes in part-time and contract employment, considered four criteria in ranking its ten high-paying part-time positions. First, the job must require fewer than 40 hours per week. Second, the job must be "professional-level, requiring advanced experience and education." Third, the job must pay at least $50/hour. Fourth, the position was recently posted in FlexJobs' database. Here are ten high-paying, part-time jobs, as ranked by FlexJobs:

1. Director of Operations. Director of Operations seems more like a senior management role than a part-time job, but who knows? This could be just the flexible job for you! You can help create company policy, implement procedures and provide staff leadership and still be home to meet the school bus! You'll need a bachelor's degree and almost a decade's worth of operations experience to pull this off as a part-time gig, though.

2. Jazz Music Instructor. Come on, you know you've always wanted to use jazz hands in the workplace, and now you can! The good news? This part-time gig pays anywhere between $50 and $80 per hour. The bad news? You'll probably need a master's degree in music, and you know your parents won't pay your way through college if you major in the "useless" humanities. Sorry.

3. Curriculum Writer. This is someone who works part-time writing and developing curriculum so overbearing parents can complain to the instructor how their child isn't being challenged enough. (I'm just kidding.) Writing course curriculum is challenging, deadline-driven work -- hey, it's writing -- but it can pay $50 an hour, which isn't too shabby. Plus, it's flexible work.

4. Dentist. Open wide, because here comes a pay scale that could reach nearly $87/hour in some places! You'll need to be licensed to work as a part-time dentist of course, but these flexible gigs are out there if you're qualified and ready to bite.

5. Clinical Pharmacist. Clinical pharmacists provide clinical pharmacy services to patients. They can earn between $54.69 and $71.58 per hour (that adds up to between $91,000 and $119,000 for 32 hours per week). A college degree is required.

6. Controller. Controllers get to have more control over their own schedules these days, too: A part-time controller might work 25 hours per week for $60/hour. The hitch? You'll need to have prior controller experience to go part-time. Don't spend all your time counting down the hours to quitting time!

7. Software Engineer. You don't have to burn the midnight oil anymore -- unless those are the hours you prefer part-time and under contract for $60 to $73 per hour! A software engineer develops and supports back-end systems and debugs them as needed, develops applications and other functions. Just think: You can let the frantic, full-time employee in logistics who just spilled a cup of coffee into her laptop go the voice mail because it's quitting time.

8. Financial Consultant. When I think "financial consultant," I tend to think of someone "of a certain age" who is flirting with retirement and plays golf in the morning. This person works from a very nice home office in the afternoon, managing the month-end close process, reconciliations and payroll for a firm that wants, or needs, to outsource these functions. This position may be temp-to-perm for $50/hour. You can debate the pros and cons of going full time while you golf.

9. Government Contracts Attorney. $50 an hour to be a part-time lawyer advising a company on matters such as contracts, disputes, compliance issues and auditing? Sign us up, partner! It sounds a lot more workable than putting in 80-hour weeks at that Big Law firm (you know, the one you had to quit few years ago because it was too hard to balance home and work). This gig is flexible, and you can still make enough to cover your monthly student loan payment. Hang in there, only 30 more years of law school payments to go!

10. Mobile Developer. A mobile developer is someone FlexJobs describes as engaging "with a development and architecture team to design, code and implement an iOS application that will be used in a customer-facing role," among other things. Sure. Is this sort of like designing a new Apple phone without a headphone jack? Anyway, you can earn $70/hour as a mobile developer but you'll need more than two years of experience as well as a bucket load of sweet, stellar computer skills. No word on whether "mobile" means you can work from your car.

Unfortunately, U.S. Congressional Member didn't make the list, even though they seem to work a very part-time schedule. Hmm. Well, big layoffs may be looming in early November, so maybe it's not a hot, part-time opportunity right now.

As for the ten positions listed above, they may not be the right ones for you -- but they might give you a few ideas for thinking in new, creative ways about highly-skilled, part-time employment. Who knows? Maybe you can even create your own part-time, hybrid position. The world needs more part-time financial consultants who teach jazz on the side, not fewer!

tldr: There are high-paying, part-time opportunities out there that can work very well for professionals who seek them out. It all depends on what you want. Be creative. Jazz hands make people happy.

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